Dr. Nicole Leo Braxtan joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNC-Charlotte in January of 2016.   She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Structures group.  Her PhD research was in the area of post-earthquake fire on steel buildings, with an emphasis on the mechanical and thermal behavior of fire resistant materials and steel.  She has experience in finite element modeling of steel and concrete members in fire, as well as large and small experimental testing of steel members and systems.  Her current research interests include analysis and design of buildings, bridges, and energy infrastructure subject to extreme loads as well as performance of materials at elevated temperatures.



  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering, Lehigh University – 2010
  • M.S.E., Civil Engineering, Princeton University – 2004
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey – 2002


Research Interests:

• Li-Ion Battery Fire Hazards

• Structural Components and Systems in Fire and Performance-Based Design Guidelines for Structural Fire Engineering

• Damage Assessment of Structures

• Mass Timber Structures

• Passive Fire Protection

• Energy Infrastructure and Systems

• Engineering Education


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